I’m not so sure the Mets are out on Bronson Arroyo anymore. It’s just a hunch combined with a two things I heard this weekend from a couple of people who sort of have an inside track on things.
I know that Jon Heyman reported the Mets were likely out, but I think he based that on Sandy Alderson’s comments regarding giving any starting pitcher a multi-year deal. I would say that went out the window once the Mets inked Bartolo Colon.
Four teams have offered Bronson Arroyo two-year deals. I wonder if one of them is the Mets?
The Mets have said they are interested before in Arroyo before, although they never went as far as meeting with him. Still, I think they see him as a solid addition to the rotation and I would agree.
The Mets could parlay this entirely into a major coup for the team. If and when Thor and Montero are ready – say mid season – think of the return we could get if we moved a still effective Colon at the trade deadline to make room for one of them? Bartolo would be the one I move, while keeping Arroyo around to be a stabilizing force in the rotation that will throw 200 or more quality innings.
Arroyo, 37, is one of the most consistent pitchers in the game and wasn’t given a one-year qualifying offer by the Cincinnati Reds, which adds to his appeal as he won’t cost the Mets another draft pick. He’s tossed 200 or more innings for eight straight seasons and last year he posted a 3.79 ERA in hitter friendly Great American.
I could be dead wrong, but I gotta hunch that the Mets could swoop in like a stealth fighter and come away with Arroyo before this month is over.